Yesterday was very physical. I went swimming in the am. I hadn't been swimming for over a year maybe even 2. I thought I would swim for 20 minutes. However, I felt strong and wasn't winded so I swam for 30 minutes and felt great. The rest of the day DH and I finished cleaning out the basement guest room which he had been using for an office for the last few years. Since he retired about a year ago I thought it was time to clean it out. So we did. I went up and down stairs carrying all sorts of stuff umpteen times. I thought it was a pretty good strength and cardio workout. lol. Then I went to the library and grocery shopping for our stay at the cabin this weekend. To top it off, I tried a new SP generated strength workout. After all that and eating within my SP guidelines, I am still up 2 pounds. Go figure... But I am still motivated and don't feel discouraged. I am in this for the long haul...the rest of my life. I feel so much better physically that I don't really care that the weight and inches aren't changing. I will keep up with what I am doing and know that I am healthier.
I can't believe that I am starting to enjoy exercise. When I wake up now the first thing I think is "Did I wake up early enough to take a walk with my dog before work?" instead of "Oh, I'm so tired." I look forward to getting on the treadmill and actually sweating! I didn't realize how much fun it is to get my heart rate up to some "Oldies, but Goldies". I hope I remember this when the first day comes that I am tired, or don't feel well. I hope I keep exercising daily "no matter what". I need to remember that when I have a down day all I need to do is exercise for 10 minutes. It might make me feel good and so I keep on exercising or if it doesn't make me feel better, I can stop and at least I kept the daily habit of exercise. I am so glad I am able to record these blogs in this website so I can re read them and keep remembering how good I feel right now. In the past, I have let bad days accumulate and just stopped exercising. Thank you SP and all my Spark Friends for keeping this site going.
I finally caught up at work after my vacation. Today should be "just another day". As I wrote that I realized that "just another day" at work now means taking my lunch instead of eating fatty food that the pharmaceutical vendors bring to my clinic, drinking 6 cups of water instead of 2 or 3 sodas, walking around the clinic buildings at a fast pace 1 or 2 times a day to get in extra exercise, and feeling energetic instead of drained when I get home.